Blog: gender equality

CEO speech at YWCA Canberra’s 90th anniversary
24 October 2019

On 16 October 2019, YWCA Canberra celebrated 90 years of providing essential, quality services for women, girls and families in our region. Along with speeches from our Board Directors and members, our Chief Executive Officer Frances Crimmins gave her reflections on 90 years of YWCA Canberra. Below is a transcript of Frances’ speech.     […]

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The power of story
30 September 2019

She Leads In-Conversation events provide Canberrans with the opportunity to hear from women leaders from different backgrounds and industries, in a conversational format, followed by a live Q&A session and networking. These events are in partnership with the University of Canberra, who like YWCA Canberra, are WGEA certified and share our vision of women’s empowerment. […]

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Innovation in Housing Typology
13 June 2019

This week YWCA Canberra’s CEO, Frances Crimmins participated in the Property Council ACT’s event, “Innovation in Housing Typology”. The event focused on affordable housing in the ACT and new models to ensure all Canberrans have an appropriate, affordable and safe place to call home. The below article is an excerpt from Frances’ presentation, which followed […]

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ACT Budget 2019-2020 – What you need to know
7 June 2019

While Chief Minister and Treasurer, Andrew Barr used the 2019-2020 ACT Budget to remind us that local economic growth continues to be strong, Canberra remains one of the most expensive cities in which to rent, particularly for those on low incomes or social security payments. For many Canberrans, public and social housing are the only […]

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What comes after #MyMum – Preventing homelessness amongst Australia’s older women
15 May 2019

You’d have to be a neophyte in the ways of social media and online news to have avoided the hashtag #MyMum over the last week. Sparked by a comments made by the Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in relation to his late mother and the intellectual pursuits she delayed in order to singlehandedly raise her young family, #MyMum spontaneously galvanised users who paid tribute to their mothers and grandmothers who […]

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Together, We Can – International Women’s Day Mural Street Art Project
14 May 2019

In celebration of International Women’s Day this year, YWCA Canberra had the opportunity to work with Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS), Lanyon High students, local talented artists Bohie Palecek, Faith Kerehona and young trailblazing community leaders, Dhani Gilbert and Caitlin Figueiredo, to create two separate murals located on the Centre Point building in Garema […]

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I got threats and insults from trolls just for doing my job. It happens to women all the time
4 February 2019

This article was originally published on the ABC News website on 23 January 2019. It is republished here with permission from the author, Ashleigh Streeter.   Have you ever been told you’re a fat bitch? Been told to kill yourself? What about receiving a rape threat from a total stranger — or worse — just for […]

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Creating Wonderland at the LGBTQIA+ Allies Prom
21 November 2018

On Thursday, November 8, YWCA Canberra hosted its third annual LGBTQIA+ Allies Prom at the Ainslie Football Club. The event brought 200 young people aged 12-25 from across Canberra and surrounds. Earlier in the year, a working group of young people and staff were convened to make all the big and important decisions for the […]

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#JustHumanThings
10 October 2018

At YWCA Canberra, we value diversity. That is why we launched Write for Us, an opportunity that provides our members and friends with a platform to discuss their experiences. Today, we are sharing an article written by Young Women Speak Out (YWSO) who tells us about their new photography campaign #JustHumanThings.  Young Women Speak Out (YWSO) is […]

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She Leads 2018: Reigniting the revolution  
13 August 2018

This article was originally published by HerCanberra. There is nothing more powerful than a room full of women who have got each other’s backs. Last week, the annual YWCA Canberra She Leads conference brought together some of Australia’s most intelligent, insightful, generous and funny women for a day of learning and sharing how we can […]

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